Moylan’s - Kilt Lifter - Hadn’t had one in awhile
I know I usually only post beer, but today has been difficult on many levels.
"Like a scar the hurt will always show"- Rest in peace: oh captain! my captain!
So many memories flood through my mind thinking of Robin Williams and how much he meant to me. From my first introduction to stand-up comedy in the 80s, other than reruns of laugh-In and Bill Cosby, to his brilliant acting performances, to his personal battles which he was still able to perform brilliantly through.
In the 80s, he was on so many stand-up shows from all of the LA comedy clubs. He was the first comedian that really made me — pardon the cliche — laugh out loud rather than just chuckle. Because of him, I gave stand-up comedy another look and went back to discover comedians from Lenny Bruce to George Carlin to Richard Pryor to all the late 70s early 80s comedians of Boston and New York. Because of this and Robin Williams, I have been a huge stand-up fan ever since. Laughter and comedy got me through much of life’s unfunny moments in the 80s and I owe it to Robin Williams.
I read about his friendship with comedian Jonathan Winters and some of the personal psychological issues they shared. Issues I thought, at one time, I might have had. The way they had led their problems with their comedy helped me more than any therapist ever could have. Whatever your issue, work at it everyday and never give up.
I will not lie. I thought I would cry, and I still may, when I heard Robin Williams had died. I have become an emotional little child in the last few years. But all I felt was a huge weight on my chest, the weight of sadness that feels like a gorilla. To me, it is as if I lost a close friend and there is a hole in my life. Even though I never met him or do not know if I would have liked him, and definitely don’t know if he would have liked me, the loss is still something I feel deeply.
I hope if there is another existence after this one, there is comedy and you are laughing. Rest in peace.